MARTIN CREED UK

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Esteemed artist fills Roskilde Festival with neon light

For more than 30 years, acclaimed artist, composer and performer Martin Creed has created playful and thought-provoking art that often rely on the interaction of the viewer. His works are shaping surprising mediations on human existence and the invisible structures of everyday life.

For Roskilde Festival 2020, Martin Creed has created a monumental sculpture in the form of an enormous revolving sign with the word ‘Understanding’ in red neon. It was originally conceived as part of a three-part piece, “Peace, Love and Understanding”, but finally realised as one huge, spinning neon sign.

The piece can be viewed as a beacon of hope and dreams in a society where mutual understanding is a driving force. The work evokes an idea of a modern utopia. At the same time, the sculpture will have a great visual impact while functioning as a central meeting point at the festival due to its visibility and presence at the festival main area.

Martin Creed (b. 1968) is a British artist who lives and works in London. He graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art at University College London in 1990, and in 2001 he was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize with Work No. 227: The lights going on and off. His works include both films, installations, paintings, theatre and live-action sculptures.

The project is curated by Creator Projects for Roskilde Festival Art and Activism 2020.

© Martin Creed. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2020
Photo: Jason Wyche
Courtesy Public Art Fund, NY  

Martin Creed
Work No. 2630
UNDERSTANDING
2016
Red neon, Steel
Approx dims: 21 3/5 x 50 x 2 1/8 ft / 658.6 x 1524 x 66 cm. Base 25 x 25 feet at top / 33 x 33 feet at bottom

Presented by Public Art Fund, May 4 – October 23, 2016 at Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park Courtesy the artist, Gavin Brown’s enterprise New York/Rome, and Hauser & Wirth